Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote

John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote

Cruz's additions to the bill has garnered widespread conservative support in the Senate, but has left many moderates cold.

Cassidy, Hoeven, Portman, Capito, and Heller said that their votes will depend on the analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, which dealt a blow last month to the Senate legislation when it projected that 22 million people would be without health insurance in 2026.

The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out.

U.S. senator John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the Republican leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation already on the brink.

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"There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon", McConnell said.

Mr McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass legislation to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare.

McCain, 80, has expressed discontent with the revised plan, but has not openly said he will oppose it.

"You can't take more than $700 billion out of the Medicaid program and not think that it's going to have some kind of effect", Collins said in an interview Sunday with CNN.

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"This bill would make sweeping and deep cuts to the Medicaid program, which has been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years, ensuring that some of our most vulnerable citizens or disabled children or low-income seniors receive the health care that they need", Collins said. "It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes".

Vice President Mike Pence also met several of the governors privately after his public address Friday at the Rhode Island conference.

"What we're doing over at Health and Human Services is going through all the rules and regulations that were promulgated pursuant to the Affordable Care Act", the secretary said.

Democrats said the changes seemed aimed at helping Louisiana.

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He is at home with his family and, "on the advice of his doctors", will be recovering in Arizona this week, a spokeswoman said. Paul's reasons for opposing the bill are very different from Collins'; he says it retains too much of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Republicans unveiled a revised version of their health care bill on Thursday, and party leaders had planned a vote, or at least to take the procedural steps toward a vote which could have taken place as early as Tuesday.

Two Republicans already plan to vote "no" on the latest bill, so Republicans can't afford to lose another vote.

In discussing their health care plan, Republicans do not usually speak as candidly as Price about returning the nation's health care system to its pre-Obamacare period, a period marked by egregious insurance company abuses. This provision and the bill, in general, have been panned by both the insurance lobby and patient advocacy groups.

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